Storm Thorgerson’s family has confirmed that the iconic artist responsible for many of the most recognisable album covers has died at the age of 69, following a period fighting cancer.
Thorgerson was born in Potters Bar, Middlesex, in 1944 and attended Cambridge High School for Boys where he first met Roger Waters of Pink Floyd who was in the year above him, and Syd Barrett in the year below. Thorgerson’s and Waters mothers were close friends, and the two boys would play rugby together.
He went on to study at the Royal College of Art, before becoming a key member of the art group Hipgnosis, where he was to design many of their most famous album covers. One of his most iconic works was Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, which is perhaps one of the most instantly-recognisable and famous album covers of all time. He also designed memorable covers for many other artists, including Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Dream Theater, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Muse, Alan Parsons, The Mars Volta, and Yes.
He was also friends with David Gilmour, whom he met as a teenager, and was Gilmour’s best man at his wedding to Polly Samson. He said of Thorgerson, “[he was] a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on, and a great friend. I will miss him,” whilst the Pink Floyd website said he was “a graphic genius.”
In an interview in 2011, he said “I’ve probably done too many album covers for some people’s liking.” Also saying, “I’m described by some as difficult to work with, by others as a ponce, by some as a narcissist with an ego the size of a small planet—by very few as handsome as sexy, which is how I see myself.”
In 2003, Thorgerson had a stroke, from which he made a “remarkable recovery” but his family said he “had been ill for some time” before passing away on 18th April. He is survived by his mother Vanji, son Bill, wife Barbie Antonis, and her two children Adam and Georgia.
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